Wednesday, January 18, 2012
British Rock Is a Spy Rock ...
Britain has admitted for the first time that it was caught spying when Russia exposed its use of a fake rock in Moscow to conceal electronic equipment.
Russia made the allegations in January 2006, but Britain has not publicly accepted the claims until now.
Jonathan Powell, then Prime Minister Tony Blair's chief of staff, told a BBC documentary it was "embarrassing", but "they had us bang to rights".
He added: "Clearly they had known about it for some time."
They had been "saving it up for a political purpose", he said.
The story was first aired on Russian television, which ran a report showing how the rock contained electronic equipment and had been used by British diplomats to receive and transmit information.
It showed a video of a man walking along the pavement of a Moscow street, slowing his pace, glancing at a rock and slowing down, then picking up his pace. Next the camera films another man, who walks by and picks up the rock.
The Russian security service, the FSB, linked the rock with allegations that British security services were making covert payments to pro-democracy and human rights groups.
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Posted by Steve Douglass at 8:15 PM